How to Transfer Printed Photos to Fabric

How to Transfer Printed Photos to Fabric | DIY Joy Projects and Crafts Ideas

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Now you can create your own personalized pillow cover at home! With a few materials: you can easily make this lovely Instagram layout look on your sheets. It’s the perfect gift for friends and family – the best way to preserve your favorite memories together. This DIY tutorial on “how to transfer printed photos to fabric” is by Handmade Happy Hour on Youtube. Watch the video below for the full instructions.



  • mod podge photo transfer medium
  • laser copies of photos (do not use inkjet as they are water-based, so they run and smear)
  • 100% blank pillow cover (prewashed and ironed)
  • damp sponge or cloth
  • scissors

If you want the Instagram look, cut your photos in a square shape.


Step 1:

Plan your design. Lay out all your pictures and figure out how you want them to appear on your pillow.

Step 2:

Once you have your layout, apply a generous amount of the photo transfer medium onto the printed side of your image. It should be very thick and white. Don’t forget the edges and corners. Then position the image right on the pillow (the medium side will go down to the pillow). Clean the edges with just a damp cloth or baby wipes. Make sure that all of the edges are sealed. Do it for all the remaining pieces.

How to Photo Transfer Photos to Fabric Tutorial
Image by: Handmade Happy Hour


Step 3:

Once all the photos are in place, you have to wait 24 hours for the reveal.

Step 4:

After 1 day, get a damp sponge and put it on top of the paper. Do not rub hard, just damp the sponge to all the images. Let the water soak in and leave it for minutes.

Step 5:

Start removing the layer of paper by gently rubbing in a circular motion. After you do one layer, let it dry. You have to repeat the step a couple of times till all the layers of paper are gone.

How to Photo Transfer Photos to Fabric DIY
Image by: Handmade Happy Hour


You can hand wash this in cold water.

How to Photo Transfer Photos to Fabric

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